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While attending the 2019 interment of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Alison McGregor in the wind-blasted, southern coastal town of Craggan Dhu (Craggie), present-day tensions, along with revelations informed by the past, wend back and forth – from mid-19th century Scotland, India and Tasmania, Australia, to 20th-century New Zealand, when young Gordie McGregor lands in the deep south of the South Island. Gordie meets and marries local Craggie resident, Gladys Hogan. When their son, Sandy McGregor, marries fellow Craggie resident, Alison Wilde, a mixed-race element is introduced into this family saga. Three generations later, in the 21st century, underlying tensions are finally confronted when the McGregor grandchildren and great grandchildren, seek accountability, as well as the chance for love and new beginnings.
The peace that cousins Niz and Lia McGregor had hoped to find by each coming back to live in their old home town, could well be compromised with the arrival of young Dallisse, Niz’s granddaughter, for an extended stay. Ex-resident Finnbarr Reilly’s visit after decades of living in Auckland, farther unsettles the cousins.Both historical and present-day characters with links to this coastal Western Southland town of Craggan Dhu (Craggie,) struggle to come to grips with repercussions from their own spontaneous actions and held secrets. Through a host of voices from the past, the formerly hidden burbles from history’s underground stream are slowly revealed, forcing the past and the present to culminate in surprising revelations and awakenings.